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Nice little device for creating those vector stripes. Especially good for use on website backgrounds!

Developing a technique for folding the grey board nets.

Developing a technique for folding the grey board nets.

Finally being ablt to draw conclusions upon the experiments.

Finally being ablt to draw conclusions upon the experiments.

Since developing the latent fingerprints from across all three experiments, I have used my system of recording and visualising them to be able to analyse each result individually. It was found that results visualised on certain paper types were more prominent than others, because of their effectiveness in reacting to the Ninydrin solution used.

Due to a delay of shipment, my Ninhydrin spray has arrived at last...

Due to a delay of shipment, my Ninhydrin spray has arrived at last...

Because of a delayed shipment from the US, my order of Ninhydrin from WA Products Ltd arrived only today. The chance that I took to approach the Forensic Science department over at Bournemouth University was a smart move. If I had waited for this delivery, my days left to complete the project would have been very scarce indeed! As agreed by myself and Alex Otto, head of the Forensic department, it seems fair to give the University my order of Ninhydrin in return for the Ninhydrin that I was lucky enough to get access to a few weeks ago.

A small, professional binding company in East London.

A small, professional binding company in East London.

Stumbled across this neat little binding shop whilst wondering the streets of London. Was amazed by the intensity of the work that was going on here. It had a unique feel about it which retained many of the traditional techniques and processes of book binding. This place really felt pure, honest and unspoilt, where the workforce consisted of both young and old craftsmen and women, all working intensely on single, one off jobs. I mentioned this place to nick at ODD, and he mentioned that they work quite closely with this book binders, especially when they need one off promotional items made for a client.

An oppertunity for young designers and free lance designers to gain work.

An oppertunity for young designers and free lance designers to gain work.

Whilst waiting for my mate to finish shopping in the London Graphic Centre, I noticed this pin up board that was home to an array of business cards and flyers that advertised designers of all ages from around the country. I found this quite fascinating, and spent a short while checking out some of the online portfolio sites featured using my Iphone. The environment in which this point of self advertising was situated in seemed appropriate for attracting the type of people that might be interested in hiring out free lance designers for example, however because of the current situation that the design industry finds itself in, I’m not sure this would attract much employment opportunities.

Using Ninhydrin to develop the fingerprints from the final experiments.

Using Ninhydrin to develop the fingerprints from the final experiments.

After receiving an email from WA Products Ltd to say that my order of Ninhydrin spray was delayed until at least the 17th April, I made a decision to approach the forensic department at Bournemouth University to ask whether I could use their facilities and equipment to carry out my experiments. After writing a letter which formalised my intentions, I was granted access to the necessary forensic facilities and equipment that I needed in order to carry out my experiments professionally and as accurately as possible. However a deal was struck that meant me replacing the Ninhydrin spray that I would have used from the ordered batch with the spray that I was going to use at the University.

Professor Alex Otto, helped me with the application of the spray in order to achieve the best results. It was found that the newspaper and lighter weighted stocks of paper produced the most defining fingerprint marks, and the receipts produced the least because of the type of paper materials they were made out of. Overall though, the recovery of latent fingerprints was successful and the results that I began to see emerging were very true to my initial predictions.

Research I found concerning the forensic and scientific methods of latent fingerprint detection.

Research I found concerning the forensic and scientific methods of latent fingerprint detection.

Being a member of Bournemouth Universities main library, I was able to get hold of some documents by the PSDB (Police Scientific Development Branch.) From these documents, I was able to retrieve specific information abut the detection of latent fingerprints with both dusting and chemical spraying techniques. What I found, supported my situation, in the fact that dusting techniques would only show results if applied to paper materials that had a surface coating on them already, such as the two printed experiments. For any other porous, paper materials such as Newspapers and/or Receipts, the Ninyhydrin spray technique would be best suited.

The urinal fly is global!

The Urinal fly is global!

Found in the toilets at Amsterdam airport when we touched down. Something I had previously researched into as part of my Extended Major Project when looking at the idea of stimuli in our environments that make us behave in a certain way, up until now, the Urinalfly was something I thought only existed in England.

Nice piece of info graphics, effective treatment of type and image.

Nice piece of info graphics, effective treatment of type and image.

Well considered piece of information graphics in Amsterdam’s central square. Different from the usual signage systems throughout the city, this piece of info graphics stood out for me because of the arrangement of type on top of a large format photograph. Not only has the graphic been paid attention to, but also, the format of the sign itself. Unlike the common, flat metal sheet signs dotted around the city, this object had a shape that was unique, similar to that of a horse shoe, curved at one end and open at the other. This shape in particular enables you to be able to move around it, not just something that can be viewed from distance, but something that can be interacted with on a more physical level.